TOP 10 places to visit in Iran
If travel is most rewarding when it surprises, then Iran might just be the most rewarding destination on Earth. If you fancy travelling somewhere neither East nor West, and exotic and fascinating yet perfectly comfortable, read on...
Here’s our TOP 10 favourite places in Iran:
1. Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Esfahan
Favourite of ours and many Iranian families who come there to spend their weekends gossiping, sipping tea and playing with their children in front of the impressive Shah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace and smaller but splendid Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque.More
2. The Old City in Yazd
An incredible maze of narrow streets twining among mudbrick houses often topped with characteristic, impressive windcatchers (natural air conditioning towers).More
3. The Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz
The best place to experience Iranian’s emotional attitude to poetry. Read more about it in our post here.
4. Ancient Persepolis
The well-preserved ruins of the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire that remained buried in sand till 1930s when they were discovered and excavated by French archaeologists. More
5. The Bazaar of Tabriz
The largest covered bazaar in the world, divided into parts where you can buy famous Persian carpets, jewelry, spices and much more.More
6. Alamut Valley and the Castles of the Assassins
Great place for those who enjoy spending time in the mountains. Read more about this place in our post here.
7. Colorful Nasir ol Molk Mosque in Shiraz
You can see our ‘Photo of the Week’ and read more about it here.
Masjed-e Naseer ol Molk) or Pink Mosque is a traditional mosque in Shiraz,Iran,
8. Chak-Chak – the holy place of Zoroastrians
Chak-Chak is the place where the Zoroastrian religion was born. It was the main religion of Persia until the Arab invasion. Nowadays it has only a few thousand followers in Iran and the largest community of Zoroastrians currently live in India (known as Parsis).
9. Shaking Minaret and the abandoned village at Khanrnaq
The minaret in the abandoned village of Khanrnaq (near Yazd) gained its name not without a reason. The mud bricks and wooden elements used in the construction process make it possible to actually shake it even nowadays! Do you know what is the best part? That you can actually climb to the top of it and shake it!
10. Historical Houses in Kashan
Enormous mansions that make it easy to imagine the true meaning of luxury in Iran during the Qajar era. This particular mansion Khan-e Tabatabei was built by a wealthy carpet merchant and consisted of over 40 rooms and 4 courtyards! More